June 23, 2015 |
TONY FULWOOD had tears in his eyes when he walked into Frank Rizzo's hospital room and saw the mayor in the bed with a broken leg. Tony felt responsible for the injury, even though it was an accident and even though he was doing his job of protecting the mayor when an explosion rocked the Arco refinery in a nine-alarm fire in 1976, and he fell on Rizzo to protect him from the blast. "I hope you're not upset with me," Tony blubbered. "I wish I was in that bed instead of you. " "You know, Tony," Rizzo said.
January 13, 2015 |
He was almost home free. On his 23d birthday in 1967, Marine Lt. Ron Castille was leading a platoon on a search-and-destroy mission in Duc Pho, South Vietnam, when he was hit in the leg by a Viet Cong machine-gun round and evacuated from the fight. For a moment, it seemed he was on his way to the safety of the rear. But just as the Marine helicopter bearing Castille was clearing the battle zone, a burst of enemy fire raked the thin metal skin of its fuselage, tearing another and much more serious wound in his leg. Military surgeons said they had no choice but to amputate.
August 6, 1990 |
Ron Castille - on the beach, on the spot. Even in this upscale Cape May County community, when the Philadelphia district attorney goes sunbathing on the sand, or out to dinner with his wife, Judy, the questions are inevitable: What will Ron Castille do? When will he make up his mind whether to seek the 1991 Republican nomination to succeed Wilson Goode? Yesterday, with a hefty wind beating in from the Atlantic Ocean, Castille was greeted by two Camden County mayors, Democrat Jack Tarditi of Haddonfield and Republican Jack Morrissey of Merchantville.
March 29, 1991 |
The late Sen. Joseph McCarthy's drinking problem may have led to the Communist witch hunts of the 1950s, an attorney for Frank Rizzo said yesterday. So if Ron Castille has a drinking problem, it's important to bring it out for the voters, argued James Baumbach, who represented the former mayor yesterday before the Fellowship Commission's Fair Election Campaign Practices Committee. Castille filed a complaint with the commission earlier this week, saying Rizzo had violated the commission's voluntary code, which asks candidates not to "demean or diminish an individual.
June 10, 1991
It's strange to hear a Republican insider blasting third-place primary finisher Sam Katz as "the guy who gave us Frank Rizzo" just because he took votes from Ron Castille. Not for one minute do we buy the idea that Mr. Katz, who did the stand-up thing and endorsed Mr. Rizzo last week, was a spoiler. But even if it were true, he'd be in good company in Republican circles: The last guy who gave us Frank Rizzo was none other than GOP boss Billy Meehan. Backed the Bambino whole-hog in the '87 mayoral race, did Mr. Meehan.
May 3, 1991 |
Republican mayoral candidate Sam Katz returns to TV today with a commercial that for the first time directly attacks GOP front-runner Ronald D. Castille. Katz has produced two new 30-second commercials showcasing his endorsement by the Daily News and the Inquirer. One of the ads begins by asking the question, "Does Ron Castille really want to be mayor?" While an announcer notes that "Castille chose to remain district attorney until the very last hour of the very last day," a still picture of Castille is encircled in red with a bold diagonal stripe through the center, in the style of the universal "no smoking" message.
March 6, 1989 |
Perhaps Ward Leader Ella Dunn knows something about my husband that I do not. I have been married to Ron Castille for seven years. Up to this point, I have not publicly voiced my opinion on anything said or written about Ron with regard to political gossip or to his position as district attorney. this time, however - due to Ms. Dunn's insensitive and scurrilous remarks about my husband - I must speak out. At a press conference for Democratic DA candidate Wendella Fox, Ms. Dunn said Ron Castille takes his leg off to garner public pity.
January 17, 1988 |
I have mixed feelings about the big brouhaha between Jimmy Tayoun and Ron Castille. They got a lot of ink and television coverage out of poor taste and raw politics, and it didn't do either of them any good. That's the way it goes when a couple of ambitious pols go for one another's head. One charge leads to another and first thing you know they've rubbed one another raw and, wham, one of them lets it all hang out, and a lot of damage is done. I really can't believe what Jimmy Tayoun said about Ron Castille's loss of a leg in Vietnam.
May 4, 1988 |
For the second time in two years, Mayor Goode yesterday was heavily criticized for his role in the 1985 MOVE debacle, but political observers predicted he would again weather the firestorm. "Mayor Goode is politically bulletproof," George Parry, a former federal prosecutor, said after the release of a grand jury report sharply criticizing Goode for his actions during the confrontation. Meanwhile, Democratic politicians lashed out at Republican District Attorney Ronald D. Castille for running a grand jury that probed MOVE for 18 months and then produced a report that contained no indictments and criticisms similar to those contained in a 1986 report on the siege.
February 14, 1991 |
When Sam Katz told Republican Party leaders yesterday he intends to stay in the mayor's race and take on Ron Castille and Frank Rizzo, most called it a self-destructive impulse rooted in personal hurt and anger. "I don't think he'll do it," said Councilman Brian O'Neill. "As he sifts through this, I'm sure that Sam will do the right thing and support Castille. " "If he stays in, he'll get creamed," said Councilman Thacher Longstreth. Maybe. But there's a date circled on Sam Katz's election calendar that others are barely aware of - April 16. That's the day the city must repay the temporary loans it has taken out for operating cash and, Katz figures, the day that financial disaster returns to the front pages.